SUSSEX County Cricket Club have signed New Zealand international Scott Styris as their first overseas player for 2012.
Styris, 36, played 188 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20 internationals for the Kiwis, whilst he played the last of 29 Test matches for his country in 2007.
He made nearly 4,500 runs and took 137 wickets for New Zealand in the 50-over format whilst his 31 T20 matches yielded 578 runs and 18 wickets, before retiring from International cricket in June 2011.
He will be available for Sussex for the whole of the Friends Life t20 campaign during June and July.
Having played T20 cricket in England for Durham, Middlesex and Essex, in his native New Zealand, and in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers, he is set to bring a wealth of experience to the side in the shortest version of the game.
Styris said: “I love playing in the UK, and I feel privileged to have played for a couple of great clubs. Whilst I am sad to be leaving Essex, where I have enjoyed the last two seasons for which I would like to thank Paul Grayson and James Foster for the fond memories, I’m really excited about joining Sussex in June and July for the T20 competition.
“Sussex have been a powerhouse in one-day cricket in recent years and I look forward to contributing to the team and working with Mark Robinson and Mike Yardy during my time at Hove, and getting stuck into winning a trophy!”
Sussex manager Mark Robinson said: “Scott has been a real thorn in our side in the last couple of years for Essex and we are really pleased he has decided to join us.
“We have lacked someone who is able to come in during the middle overs and be able to clear the ropes, and Scott as we’ve seen to our cost is proven at doing this.
“His experience and his all-round capabilities will mean he will be a real addition to the t20 squad”.